NBA Playoffs: Miami Heat vs. Philadelphia 76ers Preview And Prediction

Miami Heat vs Philadelphia 76ers odds: tv channel schedule, preview, spread

The first thing these Sixers will have to do to prove me right is show that they belong.

Post-Embiid injury, the 76ers need help, especially in the form of a creative guard who can manufacture offense off the bench - a bill Fultz exactly fits.

Until a couple of weeks ago, it looked like it was Donovan Mitchell's award to lose.

Markelle Fultz, the No. 1 pick of the 2017 draft who missed 68 games with a shoulder injury, became the youngest player in National Basketball Association history (19 years, 317 days) with a triple-double with 13 points, 10 assists and 10 rebounds.

2018 NBA Playoffs: The Biggest Questions For Each First-Round Series (read here): Along those same lines, Ben Golliver of Sports Illustrated posed the biggest questions regarding each and every first round series, including how far Giannis Antetokounmpo can lift the Bucks to a potential upset over the Celtics.

As Fultz exited the arena following his 13-point, 10-rebound and 10-assist performance, he videotaped the scene in the team parking lot where some of his teammates, including ROY candidate Ben Simmons, were flexing their luxury vehicles. Not only did they seal up the Eastern Conference's No. 3 seed with a 16-game winning streak to end the regular season, but they notched their first 50-win campaign since the Allen Iverson-led Sixers of 2000-01.

I believe that this young Sixers team has a legitimate shot to get to the NBA Finals this year if they get to the Eastern Conference Finals.

Now technically, you could make the argument that Simmons isn't eligible for the award because he's actually in his second year in the league. After some discomfort, Bryant switched back to a clear one midgame.Tracy McGradyAP Photo/David J. PhillipThe 2017 Hall of Famer wore a protective mask in 2006 while with the Rockets after taking an accidental elbow to the nose.Richard HamiltonAndrew D. Bernstein/NBAE/Getty ImagesArguably the most notable mask-wearing player in NBA history, Hamilton made it his calling card after breaking his nose during the Pistons' title run during 2003-04 season.

Be sure to catch Fultz and the rest of the playoff-bound Sixers as they take on the Miami Heat in the first round this Saturday at 8PM ET.

Sometime between accepting years of failure and finding a team that rarely stumbles, Brett Brown shifted all expectations for the 76ers. "It's not even close".

"I've been playing solid all year", Simmons told ESPN's Chris Haynes. Everybody because we all we got.

The 76ers won 75 games combined from 2013-17, with the nadir a ten-win season in 2015/16.

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